Robert Courtemanche founded the RC Studio in 1947. Shy and quiet by nature, this man was literally transformed whenever he held a camera in his hands. Being among the few people to own a camera, the photographer of those days had to be everywhere, much like a reporter. Thanks to his lens, he may have met more people than most of Magog's mayors. He acted as a journalist, documenting the tragedies, weddings, christenings, Christmas parties and other events of his time... even funerals.
Talented portraitist, he was able to capture a good part of Magog's history. His son, Marcel Courtemanche, became an art dealer a little by chance. Before it was divided into two distinct entities, his business was exclusively centered around photography and framing. « It is while framing the canvases brought to me by various artists that the idea of gathering some of them for display came to me." The Courtemanche Art Gallery represents some of the best contemporary Québec artists, such as Jennifer Brook, Denis Chiasson, François Haguier, Marie Montiel and Bethany Harper Williams. The gallery, located at 820, Principale Street West, on the shores of Lake Memphremagog in Magog (next to Ilot du Quai), is comprised of nine exhibition rooms on two floors where you will find an impressive collection of paintings. As well as picture framing and showcasing original artwork, we offer passport photo services.